Monday Caps Clips: Caps @ Hurricanes Game Day

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's Southeast Division match-up (yes, really) between the Caps and the worst team in hockey from Vogs, Peerless and NHL.com, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner Canes Country for coverage from the other side of tonight's match up.
  • Vladislav Tretiak thinks Alex Ovechkin looks "half-Canadian," predicts Team Russia will be half KHLers in Vancouver (we'll take the under), and said "it will be difficult for Varlamov" to make the team. But the line of the night Saturday belonged to Varly, who tried his best to ignore the Russian great's presence in the building: "If I was looking for him, I would have probably allowed 10 goals and not three." [CTV]
  • Speaking of Saturday night, late in the first period, Ovechkin put on a jaw-dropping stickhandling display. Relive it, won't you? [YouTube]
  • Oh, and AO can be even more dangerous than he has been thus far. Scary thought. [FanPost]
  • On David Steckel's scoring drought. [Washington Post]
  • Theories on why the Caps have been so relatively woeful in third periods this season (including a rather disturbing turn of a phrase regarding Joe Finley). [OFB]
  • How woeful? This woeful. [FanPost]
  • We thought we were done with Ovechkin/Kaleta talk. We were wrong. [Puck Daddy]
  • And we thought we were done with Abe Pollin eulogies. We were wrong there, too. [New York Times]
  • Michal Neuvirth posted a 42-save shutout over the Baby Pens last night to close out a 7-1-0 month for the Czech netminder. Stout. [Bears]
  • Here's another killer stat from Chocolatetown: "Hershey hasn't allowed a power-play goal in 10 games and has killed off 43 straight opposition power plays." [Patriot-News]
  • Speaking of Hershey, without visual evidence, I have a hard time believing anything this awful exists. [@derekweikel]
  • Finally, per the HHoF (and perhaps a good omen), on this date back in 2001, "Peter Bondra scored twice to set a franchise record for career goals (breaking Mike Gartner's club record of 397) as the Capitals won 6-2 against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes." Incidentally, AO's goal Saturday night, the 237th of his career, put him past the midway point to Bondra's final total of 472 goals as a Cap.
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